Defining ‘school days’ for speed restrictions

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How are ‘school days’ defined, given term dates for state, private and Catholic schools vary?

N. Crowley, Greensborough

'School days’ are standardised to remove confusion about when speed limits and other restrictions apply near schools. These dates are set by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and appear on their website.

Within these blocks of dates, ‘school day’ speed limits apply every day except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Reduced limits apply on a designated school day even if the school is closed for a 'student free day' or other activity, or if it is a school with different term dates.

School speed zones may apply locally on weekends or public holidays if signs indicate this. Some schools also have permanent lower speed limits.                   


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Written by Emily McLean
January 15, 2018

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